William Clapton

Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Senior Lecturer

William Clapton is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. He has research interests in English School and constructivist International Relations theory, sovereignty, international hierarchy, risk in International Relations, international intervention in the post-Cold War era, the security and defence policies of the United States, European Union, Australia and India and popular culture in global politics.

William was awarded his PhD from Murdoch University in 2010. The thesis explored interventions conducted by Western societies in the post-Cold War era that aimed to promote liberal democratic institutions and governance and their impact on the constitution of international society. The thesis advanced two key arguments; firstly that these interventions represent a shift from a pluralist to a hierarchical form of international society. Secondly, that Western attempts to promote liberal values are a way of managing new forms of transnational security risks in the post-Cold War era.

He has published on risk, international intervention and international hierarchy in journals such as the Australian Journal of International Affairs, International Relations and International Politics. He is also the author of Risk and Hierarchy in International Society: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era (Palgrave, 2014).

Current Research Projects

Popular Culture in Global Politics
This project explores the utility of popular culture in learning and teaching in the discipline of IR and as a site at which to conduct analyses of IR issues, concepts and theories.

Desecuritising India's Nuclear Weapons Program
This project employs a theoretical and methodological framework that combines securitisation theory with sociological theories of risk in order to explore the processes by which strategic elites in Australia and the US have over the past decade attempted to desecuritise India’s nuclear programme and its unofficial status as a nuclear weapons state

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision

International Relations theory (especially the English School and constructivism)

International intervention (including state-building and humanitarian intervention)

International security

Hierarchy and sovereignty in international relations

Australian, Indian, United States or EU foreign and defence policy

Risk in international relations

Popular culture and global politics

 

Publications

Books
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Clapton W, 2014, Risk and Hierarchy in International Society: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era, Palgrave Studies in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137396372
2014
Book Chapters
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Clapton W, 2017, 'Resisting ‘Good Governance’ Norms in the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy', in Bloomfield A; Scott SV (ed.), NORM ANTIPRENEURS AND THE POLITICS OF RESISTANCE TO GLOBAL NORMATIVE CHANGE, edn. Routledge Challenges of Globalisation, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 215 - 230, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000414214200014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2017
Barthwal-Datta M; Clapton W, 2016, 'Diplomacy Down-Under: Australia-India Relations under Modi’s Leadership', in Chowdhury Y; Chowdhury AD (ed.), Narendra Modi and the World: The Ring View Inside Out, pp. 152 - 158
2016
Clapton W, 2015, 'Pedagogy and Pop Culture: Pop Culture as Teaching Tool and Assessment Practice', in Caso, Federica ; Hamilton, Caitlin (ed.), Popular Culture and World Politics: Theories, Methods, Pedagogies, E-International Relations, Bristol, UK, pp. 169 - 175, http://www.e-ir.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Pop-Culture-and-World-Politics-E-IR.pdf
2015
Conference Papers
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Clapton W, 2013, 'Anarchy and Order in The Walking Dead', in Anarchy and Order in The Walking Dead, Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Murdoch University, Perth, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Murdoch University, Perth, 30 September 2013 - 02 October 2013
2013
Clapton W, 2012, 'The Hierarchical Society? Re-conceiving International Society in the Post-Cold War Era', in The Hierarchical Society? Re-conceiving International Society in the Post-Cold War Era, International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, 01 April 2012 - 04 April 2012
2012
Clapton W, 2011, 'Pluralism in International Society', in Pluralism in International Society, International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, presented at International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 29 September 2011 - 30 September 2011, http://www.uq.edu.au/isaasiapacific/conference-papers
2011
Clapton W, 2009, 'Managing Risk within International Society: Situational Prevention and the Promotion of Liberalism', in Managing Risk within International Society: Situational Prevention and the Promotion of Liberalism, International Studies Association 50th Annual Convention, New York City, presented at International Studies Association 50th Annual Convention, New York City, 15 February 2009 - 18 February 2009, http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/isa/isa09/
2009
Clapton W, 2007, 'Policing the Peripheries: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era', in Policing the Peripheries: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era, Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Conference: ‘Aliens and Nations: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Global Politics’, Keele Univeristy, United Kingdom, presented at Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Conference: ‘Aliens and Nations: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Global Politics’, Keele Univeristy, United Kingdom, 19 April 2007 - 21 April 2007
2007
Journal articles
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Clapton W; Shepherd LJ, 2019, 'Ethics Ex Machina: popular culture and the plural futures of politics', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 54, pp. 531 - 542, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2019.1663400
2019
Clapton W, 2018, 'Pluralism, Decolonization and International Society', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol. 30, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09557571.2018.1426820
2018
Clapton W; Shepherd L, 2017, 'Lessons from Westeros: Gender and power in Game of Thrones', Politics, vol. 37, pp. 5 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263395715612101
2017
Clapton W; Hameiri S, 2012, 'The domestic politics of international hierarchy: Risk management and the reconstitution of international society', International Politics, vol. 49, pp. 59 - 77, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ip.2011.33
2012
Clapton W, 2011, 'Risk in International Relations', International Relations, vol. 25, pp. 280 - 295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047117811415480
2011
Clapton W, 2009, 'Risk and Hierarchy in International Society', Global Change, Peace and Security, vol. 21, pp. 19 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14781150802659267
2009
Clapton W, 2009, 'Managing risk within international society: Hierarchical governance in the Asia-Pacific', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 63, pp. 416 - 429, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357710903104877
2009